Some unidentified miscreants have erased the artwork, graffiti and wall writing which were created in the demand for the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) polls.
Some students who had expressed solidarity with Walid Ashraf – the former DU student who has been holding a hunger strike for the last seven days - made the claim on Friday.
Walid Ashraf, who completed his masters degree from DU’s Institute of Social Welfare and Research, went on a hunger strike demanding the DUCSU polls on November 25.
“Around five pieces of graffiti have been erased out of seven so far,” claimed Abu Raihan, one of the artists.
Raihan said: “People who don’t want the DUCSU election and want to rule the university in an autocratic manner erased the artwork in a bid to demotivate our protest."
He added that the book in which Walid had collected some 800 signatures in support of the DUCSU polls was stolen three days ago.
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Students who expressed their support for Walid went to vice chancellor’s house on Thursday to discuss the protest and the DUCSU polls. However, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman refused to meet them.
Walid told the Dhaka Tribune that his physical condition was gradually degrading .
“Doctors told me that my blood pressure is getting low.”
Meanwhile, the Progressive Students’ Alliance, a platform of left-leaning students’ organizations, expressed solidarity with Walid before forming a protest rally at the base of Anti-terrorism Raju Sculpture at DU on Friday afternoon.
Speakers said the DU authorities should announce the DUCSU polls by January 10, as dictated by a High Court order.
Former Chhatra Union President Manabendra De said: “The decisions that have been taken in the university senate after 1990 are illegal, due to the absence of student representatives in DUCSU.”
Umme Habiba Benojir, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation president of the Dhaka University Unit, said: “University authorities have not obeyed the high court order on the senate. We want the DUCSU polls schedule immediately.”
Former Chhatra Union president Abdullah Kafi Ratan, former DU unit president of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front Malay Sarkar, former president of Chhatra Federation Saikat Mollik, Chhatra Union DU unit president Tuhin Kanti Das spoke at the protest, among others.